93 responses to Montana Amish
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    Comment on Montana Amish (May 27th, 2011 at 10:38)

    Love these pictures! Did you take them?

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      Mary Sale
      Comment on I would like some info about amish communites (April 20th, 2016 at 02:13)

      I would like some info about amish communites

      I like the Amish lifestyle, and I would like to move to and live with and like the Amish. Can anybody help me with finding family’s who will help us get settled in an Amish community in either Idaho or Montana? Thank you very much, I will impatiently await a response. I am a widow, and I take care of my widowed mother.

      Mary Sale

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    Comment on Montana Amish (May 27th, 2011 at 10:59)

    Interesting, since I live in Montana myself. The communities in Gold Creek and Libby which you say are extinct are actually still very intact, although they switched from horse and buggy to vehicles, and aren’t considered Amish anymore.
    Also, the Amish from Whitehall and Ashland have all relocated to other communities either within Montana or some other state. To my knowledge only 3 communities of Amish exist in Montana anymore. St. Ignatius now has 2 church districts instead of one like was stated. They are considered New Order Amish.
    Horse back riding among the Amish not common?? In Montana they do it more often then what they use their buggys. One has to be adventurous to be Amish and live in Montana at the same time!

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      Mary Brammer
      Comment on Montana Amish (April 12th, 2013 at 17:13)

      In response to Mary’s comment on May 2011 regarding the Ashland Amish, the community is still here and growing. They have a store, a trading post opened December 2012, and several new houses have been built. They are located on the Tongue River Road North of Ashland just past where the pavement ends … look for the signs.

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      Comment on Amish in Lewistown (May 9th, 2013 at 08:39)

      Amish in Lewistown

      There is an Amish community in Lewistown now. We lived with the amish community in Libby for 7 years and then left from there. They are no longer amish there, altho some of them still dress that way. And yes there are still amish in Ashland as far as I know.

      Great article!

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      Comment on MT Amish (September 18th, 2013 at 13:28)

      MT Amish

      I live in Libby MT and love going to the Amish Store and we had our retirement cabin built by the Amish here. The Amish here are considered Amish (not like you said they aren’t) even though they use vehicles, electric, and dress how they want, etc. They still live in a Community lifestyle. This Community said they allow people to make their own choices now instead of forcing everyone to live ‘off the grid,’ and/or w/o vehicles, and have the option to wear Amish clothes, or not. I respect their spiritual and daily living beliefs and community ways. Happy Trails, 😉

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        Comment on :) (September 18th, 2013 at 14:23)


        Yes I know – we love the Libby community and are still friends with them. But no, once you own a car, you are no longer Amish. 🙂 Our families are still all Amish and to them it is a huge disrespect that the Libby people still call themselves ‘amish’. I don’t expect you to understand that as it’s a complicated deal, but it’s just the way it is. In the real world of the amish, you simply can’t have a foot on both sides. You are either in or out. lol

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          Roy Yoder
          Comment on Libby Amish (March 6th, 2015 at 21:25)

          Libby Amish

          So someone is amish because they look like one,we in Libby are amish in culture, that is our heritage, not because we look like amish.

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            Comment on Yoder relative? (July 2nd, 2015 at 12:31)

            Yoder relative?

            My dad’s maternal grandmother was Zelma Emma Yoder. Daughter of Rufus,son of Steven,son of Stephan from Thun… wondered if we’re related.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Dawson County, MT (May 27th, 2011 at 11:07)

    Dawson County, MT


    Love the pictures and the stories. I actually lived in Dawson County, MT for a brief while. Dawson county is know for the “Montana Bad Lands”. I lived in a town called Glendive. There is a state park there called “Makoshika”. It is in a sense the opening to the bad lands.

    Out beyond the town are grain fields and a little further south and west of Glendive a lot of beets are grown. It is a beautiful area. I can certainly understand anyone wanting to live there and would even consider going back myself one day.

    I never knew there had been Amish in that area but did know of the Amish in the western part of the state. This has been quite interesting, thanks for posting it!!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on Montana Amish (May 27th, 2011 at 12:47)

    Hi Beth, they’re nice, aren’t they? No these are all James Anderson’s photos (see the credit at the bottom). I thought they were great as well. Thanks again to James for sharing.

    Mary that is correct, from what I know. But for the purposes of these guides they are extinct as Old Order Amish. If you search on Youtube you can find an interesting revival video with the Libby group, done in the last few years, I believe. Still wearing Plain clothing and beards.

    That is interesting about the Whitehall move and the St. Ignatius group dividing to 2 districts. That all must have occurred in the last few months (or, they didn’t get their info in to Raber’s in time).

    I had the impression that they might ride horses more in Montana, but that would definitely make them a bit different than your typical Amish. Western style, I guess. Or adventurous as you say!

    And Alice, that is neat. Apparently Glendive was the town that the first Amish settler stopped in to spend the night on the way to founding the Dawson County community. He met a land agent there who took him to see the land they eventually settled on.

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    Comment on Great post (May 27th, 2011 at 22:40)

    Great post

    Great information
    I have visited the Amish in Rexford and found that to be the all time prettiest Amish settlement. I felt sorry for the Rexford Amish as they are far enough north and a high enough elevation that they have difficulty raising garden produce. In addition every Amishman that travels west stops into visit them draining the already limited resources (they are close to the White Fish train depot). They appear to have developed special skills in logging with horses and building log cabins. Kootenai Lake close to the settlement has some of the best freshwater salmon fishing in the state and they often go on fishing trips. One of the original founders of the area John Miller was drawn to the area because of the fishing. He first learned of trout fishing while in CPS in South Dakota. St. Ignatius works better for growing produce and dairy farming and my impression is that the Amish their are able to live a more traditional Amish life.

    Worth a visit


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      Comment on where? (August 8th, 2012 at 22:48)


      Where can I find the Amish in Rexford? We spent quite some time looking for them last week but came up empty.

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    Comment on visiting Rexford Amish (May 28th, 2011 at 00:11)

    visiting Rexford Amish

    Lowell super to hear from someone else that knows these communities firsthand. I found it interesting what you said about every western-traveling Amishman stopping in at the Rexford Amish settlement.

    I had understood that they get a lot of visitors, and your comment makes me wonder how they feel about it. Probably nice on the one hand to have so many different folks coming to see you way out West, but on the other, “draining resources” as you said.

    I guess the lesson is, if you visit Rexford, it’s okay to bring some eats to share along with your fishing pole 🙂

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    Comment on Montana Amish (June 21st, 2011 at 15:33)

    Montana Amish

    After a visit to Glendive last week, I returned home to Missoula through Lewistown. Traffic at Eddie’s Corner was slow and then I saw it – an Amish horse and buggy! It was the first time I was aware the Amish had settled in Fergus County. I stop at the Amish run General Store every time I go through St. Ignatius. Gives me opportunity to buy Sweet Lebanon Balogna and enquire about the possibility of Shoefly Pie.

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    Susan Harper
    Comment on Question about the Montana Amish (June 28th, 2011 at 13:30)

    Question about the Montana Amish

    My husband and I were in a Walmart store in Great Falls, Montana and we saw so many women dressed like the Amish we’ve seen in PA but their head scarfs were black with white polka-dots. What is the significance of these such scarfs? Is this a local community of Amish?


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    Comment on Montana Amish (June 28th, 2011 at 13:53)

    I think you were observing Hutterite women. They look Amish but often will wear plaids and polka dots. They are a number of large groups in that part of the state. Very interesting Anabaptist group who live communally. I think Eric has featured them in the past.


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    Janet tronstad
    Comment on Montana Amish (September 23rd, 2011 at 22:54)

    I was in St. Ignatius recently and also stopped at the Mission store with their Amish good. Bought some wonderful Black Raspberry Jam. I understand some of the Amish there lease land on the Blackfeet Indian reservation.

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      Alan G.
      Comment on Lease land on Indian Reservation (February 15th, 2012 at 13:51)

      Lease land on Indian Reservation

      It is possible that the Amish lease land on the Flathead Indian Reservation but they would not have a preference over tribal members. Im personally acquainted with most of the amish that live in St. Ignatius and they own their land like everyone else who is not tribal. Since the Dawes Act of 1887, which allowed homesteading on reservations, their has been private land ownership in the area.

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    Comment on Amish to Build a Horse Barn - Wanted (October 19th, 2011 at 21:56)

    Amish to Build a Horse Barn - Wanted


    We are looking for Amish to build a horse barn for our draft horses in the Drummond, Montana area. We would like 4-6 stalls on both sides of the barn with 10 foot overhangs, and a 16 foot breezeway down the center. Stalls would be 12′ x 12′.

    Do you know of any Amish communities that would like to do this?

    Please let us know,
    God Bless,
    Doug & Trina

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      Alan G.
      Comment on Response to comments and a correction on St. Ignatius Amish Community (February 15th, 2012 at 13:37)

      Response to comments and a correction on St. Ignatius Amish Community

      Trina if your still looking for a horse barn look up Miller Storage barns in the St. Ignatius area. They are Amish and have years of experience. They are known to build exactly what you would like and stand behind it with a satisfaction guarantee. Their number is (406)745-3207.

      I would also second the comment about seeing the women dressed up in Great Falls. They were most likely Hutterites from the local communities found in that part of the state.

      Also an update on the St. ignatius community they are as of last year two congregations. The recent increase of families to the community called for a split to accommodate all the members in the area.

      If you would like to see some of the businesses in the St. Ignatius Amish community these are a few of their websites.


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    Robin L. Felz
    Comment on Montana amish craft and fairs (February 2nd, 2012 at 23:32)

    Montana amish craft and fairs

    I am wondering what the closest community to Sheridan or Buffalo ,Wyoming would be.I am in the process of planning a vacation for June or July. I would love to attend a craft,fair ,farmers market or flea market or community .Thank you!

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      Alan G.
      Comment on If your headed to montana for vacation... (February 15th, 2012 at 13:58)

      If your headed to montana for vacation...

      The St. Ignatius community has their annual amish auction July 7th and it is about 3hrs closer than the Rexford community. This is a website that gives more details.

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      Mary Brammer
      Comment on Montana Amish (April 12th, 2013 at 17:17)

      Ashland would be the closes community to Sheridan … about 2 hour drive. They have their annual Amish Auction on June 8th this year in case you want to attend.

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    Comment on Montana Amish (February 2nd, 2012 at 23:50)

    This might not be the closest Amish community to Sheridan or Buffalo, but there is an annual Amish Auction that happens in June every year in Rexford, Montana. It happens every year for years already and attracts hundreds of people. You may look it up online to when exactly the date is. (I think its usually the second Saturday of June.)Besides attending an interesting and unusual auction, you would also be driving through the most beautiful part of the Montana Rockies!

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    Robin L. Felz
    Comment on Montana Amish (February 3rd, 2012 at 10:31)

    Thank you mary.I will be doing some more research

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    Rebecca C.
    Comment on Montana Amish (March 28th, 2012 at 21:58)

    I’ve been interested in the Amish for a very long time now. I beleive they have a right in the way they do and belief in things as the rest of use do.

    I have been wanting to visit an Amish settlement. Like the one in Penn. state. But u all know, its hard to save the money to be able to go do something like that.

    When I found tonight that there is a settlement there in Montana (with me living in the Magic Valley of Idaho), it makes me even more wantig to be able to visit a Amish settlement.

    I know its closer and everything. That makes it hard, knowing how much I want to go there to visit, buy a real actuall Amish quilt (maybe buying a few other things as well), ride in a buggy for a few moments, and meet some of the Amish, I would be really happy. Being able to achieve one of my dreams.

    I know it sounds real corny. But, for the ones who dont understand, its like wanting something really bad. For the ones who actually do live in, near, around settlements like the Amish, you probably dont know what your missing.

    Maybe one day I could go visit. But for now, I at least can dream what it would be like to visit. I know I would LOVE to have an Amish quilt and any thing else that they make that I may be iterested in!

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    Donald M. Scott
    Comment on Any contact info for the Gold Creek Amish Mennonites? (May 22nd, 2012 at 11:36)

    Any contact info for the Gold Creek Amish Mennonites?

    I’m trying to contact the former Amish in Gold Creek, who are reputed to be excellent craftsmen and workers. I think the name is Hochsteder? Anyone have that info?



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      Comment on For Donald M. Scott (September 20th, 2012 at 11:54)

      For Donald M. Scott

      Donald M. Scott
      Comment on Montana Amish (May 22nd, 2012 at 11:36)
      Any contact info for the Gold Creek Amish Mennonites?

      I’m trying to contact the former Amish in Gold Creek, who are reputed to be excellent craftsmen and workers. I think the name is Hochsteder? Anyone have that info?


      Donald there is a Matt & Anthony Hochstelter, working for Sustainable Lumber Co. In Gold Creek. Don’t know if this is who you are looking for but, maybe they can point in the right direction

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    Comment on Montana Amish (May 22nd, 2012 at 12:58)

    Donald, one person you could check with is John Hochstetler, Hochstetler Custom Kitchens, 406-288-2298 in Gold Creek, Montana.

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      Donald M. Scott
      Comment on Thanks (May 22nd, 2012 at 16:16)


      Many thanks. I’ll do that.

      Don Scott

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    Comment on Ranch Hand/Wrangler position offered to Amish Community (June 5th, 2012 at 12:43)

    Ranch Hand/Wrangler position offered to Amish Community

    We have an immediate opening for a ranch hand/wrangler position on our ranch that we would like to offer to the Montana Amish Communities. We are searching for a specific contact to the Montana Community, or a means to place our ad for this position before them. Please advise? Thank you.



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    Comment on Montana Amish (June 6th, 2012 at 16:12)

    Where in Montana are you located?

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      Comment on Reply to Comment on Montana Amish (June 7th, 2012 at 21:40)

      Reply to Comment on Montana Amish

      We are located in the Kalispell region. If you happen to know of anyone who might be a contact for passing along this opportunity for a job as a wrangler/ranch hand to the Amish Community, please let me know.

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    Comment on Ashland, MT communicty still there (July 5th, 2012 at 17:21)

    Ashland, MT communicty still there

    The Ashland community must still exist because they are fleeing the fire along with the rest of the residents:


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    Comment on Missionizing Amish (July 24th, 2012 at 14:19)

    Missionizing Amish

    Glad to see an informative website on MT Amish.

    After stopping by the St Ignatius store yesterday I looked on the web and found a website for the St. Ignatius Amish community that sounded like an evangelical Christian site.

    While at the store I had a chance to chat with the individual at the register who invited me to attend Sunday services. I was somewhat surprised as I understand the Amish as not seeking English visitors. I’d like sometime to be able to unobtrusively listen to the service and hear the hymns, some of which are available on CD’s.

    Is it possible that this congregation is drifting somewhat from the Amish tradition as described in Hoestedler? As noted on this site other Montana Amish have ceased being traditional Amish. Outside the store I observed one of the Baptist Ten Commandments billboards which adorn the Flathead Valley.

    The gentleman with whom I spoke was occupied with working and that, combined with my reticence to ask personal questions kept me from finding out more. I did, however, get to practice dialect German.

    I am interested in American religous history from a sociological perspectie, rather than, say, that of a participant-observer. The Amish and Mennonites are particularly interesting to me as one branch of my grandmother’s family (Ludy) were German-speaking anabaptists who came to North America in the 18th Century.

    Thank you for providing an opportunity tolearn about Montana Amish..

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    Comment on Wow (August 22nd, 2012 at 20:29)


    I never knew we had colonies in MT. First time I saw any were yesterday. There were 3 ladies and a little tiny girl. I was standing looking at what I wanted to puchase and the little girl tugged on my dress. She wanted me to say “HI” to her. Have to love little kids, so cute.

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    Comment on Montana Amish (August 27th, 2012 at 01:12)

    I live in Fortine Montana just south of Eureka and I went to the Rexford Amish on Saturday Aug 25 2012 and wanted some doughnuts at the Kootnaie Store. The last I was in there was 1999 and it has changed. It’s lind of sad. I was thinking to myself ….. where are all the AMISH!!!! kinda like a ghost town. The store has new folks running it but the food is still good!!! 🙂 bought some bread, cookies, doughnuts and some pop I just love it over there and the Amish People! 🙂

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    Comment on Montana Amish (August 27th, 2012 at 01:15)

    Oh and we tried finding Roy Yoder’s but was not sure which rd was which? we pulled into a drive way had a garage on the left, another straight back looks like it was for sale? then a driveway to the left so we turned around and left

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      Comment on Montana Amish (August 27th, 2012 at 22:51)

      If you ever come back here to The West Kootenai again you would be welcome at my house! We live less then a mile from the store.

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    Helen Oliver
    Comment on Amish restaurants near Ronan or St Ignatius? (September 8th, 2012 at 14:04)

    Amish restaurants near Ronan or St Ignatius?

    We’re going to the National Bison Range this month and we’ve heard about a wonderful Amish restaurant nearby, but I’ve looked and can’t find any information. Does anyone know of it?

    Thank you for this informative article (and all the interesting comments!)

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      Comment on Montana Amish (September 8th, 2012 at 20:33)

      Can you tell me where the Bison Ranch is located? I know of an Amish restaurant in MT. but don’t know whether its close to the Bison Ranch.

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    Comment on Montana Amish (September 8th, 2012 at 20:43)

    There used to be an Amish restaurant in St. Ignatius but I understand the family that ran it moved to central America. You could check with one of the Amish families in St Ignatius.

    There is an Amish restaurant in Rexford

    There are some links to the Montana Amish on this site



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    Helen Oliver
    Comment on Montana Amish (September 8th, 2012 at 23:39)

    Thank you Mary and Lowell for responding. The National Bison Range is an 18 mile driving loop located north of St. Ignatius and south of Ronan. It’s only accessible by car. We like it so much that we go at least once every summer. Montana is such a beautiful state. This is our ninth summer and we love it here, but we scurry back to Florida before the snow 🙂

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      Comment on Montana Amish (September 9th, 2012 at 20:28)

      Oh yes, we have gone past the bison ranch many times on our way to Missouli but I had forgotten where it was. If its worth going there each summer, (like you do) then we should stop in ourselves some time! The restaurant I was referring to is in Rexford. In fact, its located in The West Kootenai to be exact. Probably 150 miles from St. Ignatius.

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    Comment on Comment on Montana Amish (September 14th, 2012 at 17:47)

    Comment on Montana Amish

    Helen, I’m not aware of an Amish restaurant near the Bison Range but there is a Mennonite Restaurant in Ronan called the Ronan Cafe. They make wonderful bread and pies and serve breakfast and lunch. It’s right on Main Street in downtown Ronan.

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      Comment on Thank you, Judy! (September 14th, 2012 at 20:10)

      Thank you, Judy!

      I’m pretty sure that’s the one our neighbor was telling us about but didn’t know the name! We’ll definitely go next year (and we’ll go this year if we get a chance.)

      BTW The Bison Range was beautiful last weekend (except for the smoke, of course.) We saw lots of muledeer, whitetail deer, pronghorns, partridges and raptors. We didn’t see elk or bear, but a photographer said we’d passed close to six bears, eight feet up in the trees over the berry bushes! We got to see a couple old bull bison up close since they weren’t with the herd, and we saw lots of bison from a distance. This is such a beautiful time of the year in Montana.

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        Comment on Amish restaurants near Ronan or St Ignatius (October 26th, 2012 at 15:40)

        Amish restaurants near Ronan or St Ignatius

        Helen, The Amish-owned Mission General Store in St. Ignatius sells deli sandwiches, phone 406-745-7200. Ronan Cafe is run by Holdeman Mennonites, also known as Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.

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          Comment on Holdeman Mennonites, also known as Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. (November 30th, 2012 at 00:54)

          Holdeman Mennonites, also known as Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.

          Thank you for mentioning the Holdeman Mennonites. I’d read about this branch of the anabaptists previously but did not see the (obvious) connection to the St Ignatius congregation untill you pointed it out.
          Oh, and the sandwiches are very good, and certainly worth stopping in for.

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    debi daniels
    Comment on the amish way of life may be the future (September 16th, 2012 at 13:42)

    the amish way of life may be the future

    i live in palmer, alaska, and for several years now have been watching the boreal forest stress, most likely because of the ozone hole. for every 1% decrease in ozone, there is a 2% increase in uv light. there is so much now that our trees on the farm are dying, and we will sell next year and move farther south. the cfc’s which destroy it are still being manufactured and take 50 yrs to migrate to the stratoshere, where they act as a catalyst in destroying ozone, which means one molecule of cfc, does its damage over and over and over. if the entire boreal forest dies, the carbon in the atmoshere will double to 800 ppm or so. we do not even have a quality of life now, we have to walk away from our farm, 450 trees, and climate sci. say a 2-3 degree is the max. so, in the very near future, much sooner than anyone ever suspected we may all be living, like the amish. that is where i will place my family anyway. near an amish community with as little city folk as possible. if anyone wanted to see the boreal forest dying, get on a plane and fly to anchorage before the leaves drop. the birch are mostly brown with crispy edges. its the beginning of the end for our planet as we know it, and human civilization with it.

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    Richard Walker
    Comment on Montana Amish (March 30th, 2013 at 17:24)

    Looking for Amish family who moved from Maquota Iowa to Ashland area approx. 7 years ago.

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      Mary Brammer
      Comment on Montana Amish (April 12th, 2013 at 17:18)

      Which Ashland family are you looking for? We live close and could relay a message for you.

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        menno eicher
        Comment on many oaks (August 12th, 2013 at 22:16)

        many oaks

        Do you know if the amish in asland mt. are
        new or old order.

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          Comment on Montana Amish (August 12th, 2013 at 22:24)

          I would say Old Order.

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            many oaks
            Comment on Montana Amish (August 13th, 2013 at 21:13)

            Do you know how many families are there?

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              Comment on Reply to how many families are in Ashland Community - (August 13th, 2013 at 22:37)

              Reply to how many families are in Ashland Community -

              My husband and I were trying to figure out an answer to your question on how many families were currently in the Ashland, MT community – we can think of about 20 family units of the ones we know, but there are some on the West side (in the foothills) that we have not met yet and there are constantly visitors from back East that stay for long periods of time (hard to tell if they are staying or not … until they are gone or a new home goes up). Hope this answers your question.

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                many oaks
                Comment on Thank you (August 14th, 2013 at 20:11)

                Thank you

                That answered my question Thank you Mary.

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    Melinda Tollie
    Comment on Montana Amish (April 18th, 2013 at 13:40)

    Are there many places to rent for an older person near the Amish Communities? I love the Amish & their dedication to God, Family & Community. I have been thinking of relocating. I have lived in Washington State all my life.

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    Mary Brammer
    Comment on Rentals (April 18th, 2013 at 22:39)


    Hi Melinda,
    Ashland is a very small community and the Amish community is about 5 miles North of town. There are some vacant homes in Ashland but none that I know of in the Amish community unless you are one of the communities family members or are from another Amish community. There is a retirement apartment complex on the hill overlooking town but I do not know much about it. If you need information on it let me know.

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    Carla Huitt
    Comment on Need Shed Built (June 12th, 2013 at 10:25)

    Need Shed Built

    Does anyone know if any of the Amish Community in White Hall, MT build sheds such as Loafing Sheds for horses? I just moved from York, PA and would always go to Lancaster PA to the Amish there for everything building and everything for driving horses.

    I need a Loafting shed 10 X 16 or 12 X 16 on skids or sled to be portable to be built.

    Is there a shop that I could go drive to and speak to an Amish Shed Builder in Montana, near East Helena, MT?

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      Comment on Montana Amish (June 12th, 2013 at 10:31)

      My bro in law ( this is an amish mennonite community) lives in Gold Creek and build sheds. It’s not Whitehall but close than PA. 🙂

      You can get ahold of them ( Hochstetlers) at 406-288-7654 – just tell them that Viola gave you their number.

      Good luck!

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        Carla Huitt
        Comment on Amish Log Furniture (June 12th, 2013 at 10:44)

        Amish Log Furniture

        Thank-you regarding the information for Gold Creek

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          Comment on Montana Amish (August 17th, 2013 at 14:26)

          You are welcome! If you need any log furniture, we can help you with that. 🙂 The website has shipping included but if you are anywhere close to the West Kootenai Amish, you can pick up the furniture at a discounted price from what is shown on the site. ( I am no longer Amish so I manage one of the websites ( http://www.amishlogfurniture.com ) 🙂

          There is also a big Amish Auction at the West Kootenai every year on the second Sat in June where you can buy loads of rustic furniture.

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        Donald Scott
        Comment on Great -- thanks -- I may be looking for someone in Deer Lodge area (June 12th, 2013 at 11:36)

        Great -- thanks -- I may be looking for someone in Deer Lodge area

        This is pretty timely — I’m heading up in August to begin to get my poor little neglected Deer Lodge house fixed up. I’d heard of the Gold Creek Amish folks, so will keep them as a resource.


        Donald M. Scott

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          Bobbi Vaughn
          Comment on Montana Amish and Deer Lodge visit (August 10th, 2014 at 15:54)

          Montana Amish and Deer Lodge visit

          I see you said in this post that you have a place in Deer Lodge. We will be visiting NW Montana in late September and Deer Lodge is a possible side trip. We love Amish, having visited them in 4 different states. Also, we are interested in visiting the historic ranch there.

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    Constance Chauvel-Gomez
    Comment on visiting (September 14th, 2013 at 01:53)


    We would love to come visit you and your colony!!
    A gal working at the Apple Cellar here in Kalispell knows you and recommends we come meet you!
    Of special interest is your gardening expertise!!!

    Would you so us the honor of letting us come out??

    Sincere Blessings, and God’s Blessing,

    Dennis and Connie

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      Mary Brammer
      Comment on Visit request to Ashland Amish (September 14th, 2013 at 15:15)

      Visit request to Ashland Amish

      Constance Chauvel-Gomez – who are you sending out your request of a visit to?

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        Constance Chauvel-Gomez
        Comment on Visiting (September 14th, 2013 at 15:36)


        We would be honored to visit any of the Colonies; we live in Kalispell, so believe Kingsbury, Pondera or West Kootenai are closest???

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          Comment on West Kootenai (September 18th, 2013 at 14:14)

          West Kootenai

          I am thinking you are probably closest to the ones on the West Kootenai plus that’s such a beautiful drive up there. Their is a small Mennonite store up there that does dinners every Friday evening. The food is amazing! ( the store owners are ex-amish)

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        Constance Chauvel-Gomez
        Comment on Montana Amish (September 20th, 2013 at 13:56)

        West kootenai…..

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    Comment on Contact info for Amish in Ashland (October 6th, 2013 at 22:46)

    Contact info for Amish in Ashland

    Does anyone know how I can contact the Amish in Ashland MT?? I know some people who purchased some horses from them and I would like to see if they have anymore available! Thank you!

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    Comment on Outreach to St. Ignatius Communities (February 5th, 2014 at 14:45)

    Outreach to St. Ignatius Communities

    I am an outreach worker for a non-profit, primary and preventive health care clinic that provides services to all agricultural workers and their dependents at little or no cost. For decades, different religious communities have attended our walk-in clinic sites in Billings and around the state.

    Now that we have a clinic just south of Missoula, we are looking to reach out to those in St. Ignatius who are primarily employed in agriculture. Does anyone on this page have any ideas for how to reach out to ranchers and farmers in Lake County? Any stores or centers that would be a good place to leave information.

    If there are any ideas out there, I would be very interested!

    Thank you for reading,

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    MIchael Curtin (Myke)
    Comment on WIsh to join a traditinal working Amih Community (March 31st, 2014 at 21:27)

    WIsh to join a traditinal working Amih Community

    I wish to be fully involved in all asspects (beleifs) of a very traditional Amish family / community and hopefuly pray and work and live with an Amish family.
    There are no Amish here in Australia.
    It has been my desire to be Amish for many many years and finally I’m at a stage in life that I don’t want to just dream and talk , but accutally do somethinfg about joining!!! I am fully prepared to be an active member and intime be considered worthy.
    If there a no fully traditional Amish communites in Montana perhaps you can puy me in touch with one eslewhre in the USA / Canada. Pray and hope you can guide me in my future life in the Amish.

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    Rick Barber
    Comment on Montana Amish (July 10th, 2014 at 21:38)

    I would be interested in talking about marketing outbuilding, barns and sheds manufactured by the Amish. Since freight is a very competitive factor, the manufacturing location would be integral to where they could be marketed. Please contact me with manufacturing in any or all of these three western states: Idaho, Wyoming, Montana

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    Fenny Folmer
    Comment on stay in Montana (February 28th, 2015 at 13:34)

    stay in Montana

    we are in Montana in the period end of may 2015. I have read about the Amish a lot. I am very interested to learn your community better .
    We are passing the town of St Ignatius.
    Is their a way to have bed and breakfast place within Amish community, or other way to visit

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    Bret Getty
    Comment on Looking for wagon hoops (June 25th, 2015 at 20:13)

    Looking for wagon hoops

    I have a historic sheepherder wagon I am restoring to use as a guest room. I am in the need of a couple hoops to replace ones that are broken. I heard by word of mouth the Amish might be a good place to check and see if I could get a couple (3) made. I could get exact measurements but they are approximately 13 feet from one end of hoop to the other, 2.5 inches wide, 3/4 inches thick (I think).

    Can you help me with my quest to find some hoops and finish my “guest room”?

    Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

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      Comment on Wagon repair (June 26th, 2015 at 07:57)

      Wagon repair

      Hi, Bret, here’s a start.

      M&M Buggy Works
      Buggy Wheel Repairs, Buggy Restoration
      Neal Borntrager
      N375 Meyer Road
      New Holstein, WI 53061
      920-894-2198 Outside phone. Let it ring. No Sunday sales.

      Vehicles, Wheelwrights. Rural Heritage – Online Evener Directory:

      Carriage Association of America, Directory of services and suppliers, Wheelwrights:

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      Comment on Amish Wagons (June 26th, 2015 at 08:11)

      Amish Wagons

      Amish Wagons – Pennsylvania. This may have children’s toy wagons mixed with large horse wagons.

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      Comment on re: needing hoops for sheepherder wagon (November 16th, 2016 at 00:13)

      re: needing hoops for sheepherder wagon

      you might also see if there is a Basque community around that could help with this. Basque did most of the sheep herding in the west such as Montana, Wyoming, etc.

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      DM Scott
      Comment on Wagon hoops (November 16th, 2016 at 14:47)

      Wagon hoops

      There’s a Carriage museum in Cardston, Alberta, which has an extensive restoration shop. They should know. http://www.history.alberta.ca/remington/

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    Theresa Johnston
    Comment on I would like to join an Amish Community (July 12th, 2015 at 18:13)

    I would like to join an Amish Community

    How would I go about doing this?

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    Comment on Are you close to one? (July 12th, 2015 at 18:29)

    Are you close to one?

    Are you close to an amish community now? It is very hard to join most amish communities. First of all there is the language barrier. They speak mostly in PA Dutch. They will speak english to you directly but all their conversations are held in dutch so you will feel like an outsider for the most part. It’s just a fact of life in ‘amish world’. 🙂

    There are some amish communities where it’s easier to join where they use more english, but you will just need to start searching once and see where it leads you.

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    Comment on Community Living (December 20th, 2015 at 23:36)

    Community Living

    My family and I would like to learn about your community living. What guidelines you have? How you go about enforcing them? How do you purchase land; as a community or individuals? How do you problem solve? Do you trade services or use money?

    This is just a short list of things we’re curious about. It would be awesome to experience a community for a few months.

    I hope I will get the response in my email too.

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      Mary Brammer
      Comment on Response to Hebrew's question on Community Living (December 22nd, 2015 at 15:46)

      Response to Hebrew's question on Community Living

      There are many books available for you to do research and get answers to some of your questions – I suggest you read “The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World: by Kaybill, Nolt, Weaver, etal. Before you decide to try and join a community you need to be sure you can live their lifestyle (the main reason many ‘Englisher’ (non-Amish) do not stay … you must be able to live without electricity (no computer, no cell phone, no electronics at all) no cars, no running water, no forced air furnace or a/c unit, etc), so if you are not already living “off the grid” see if you can survive by just turning off the electricity and water service (hand haul your water in jugs) where you are currently living … how long can you go without??? If you didn’t have a vehicle could you walk to work every day??

      If by chance you have already done this, and done your research, then you need to learn the Amish language – there are several free online sites where you will get basic instruction, but it is up to you to really learn and understand (i.e. USE the language yourself).

      After that, go and visit the different communities – each one is a bit different from the other. If you want to really be accepted by the Amish I would discourage you from just arriving at their doorstep and announcing that you want to be a new resident … you should find your own house (ask if something is available to rent … you may find something that needs some repairs), visit the Amish community store and businesses and introduce yourself once you find a place to rent, then the next step will be to find employment (many Amish men do work outside the community, and this is how they save money to purchase their own properties and horses/cows/etc). It is important for you to keep in mind that you must live like the Amish and travel like the Amish (no more cars!), and be able to communicate with the Amish (their language) before the Amish will even consider being friendly enough to possibly invite you to attend one of their Sunday services (you don’t ask unless you know their language – the service is not in english).

      After being accepted by the Amish community (not as one of them mind you, but just accepted as you being yourself) you can volunteer to help with haying season or for general labor in the community garden (you must help to grow, harvest and put it up to be able to share in the crop … the more you do the more you get to share). As an outsider you will still be able to purchase items at the community store, and many times the dry food items may be purchased at a very low price (be sure to ask when their supply trucks arrive (such as Friday at 6am) and be sure to lend a hand with the other community members to unload the truck as many times it will be a semi truck full of boxes that must each be physically picked up and carried into the store).

      Should you consider coming to the Ashland area be sure to let us know – we take in single males and/or females, and in exchange for them assisting in the work at our ranch we will introduce you to the Ashland Amish community (much like a sponsorship) – you would begin as a non-paid apprentice, and then eventually move up if you decide to stick around.

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    Comment on do the Montana Amish associate with the Montana Hutterites? (November 16th, 2016 at 00:20)

    do the Montana Amish associate with the Montana Hutterites?

    Do the Montana Amish associate with the Montana Hutterites?

    I am 1/4 Hutterite from Central Washington state, and was aware the Hutterites were basically the “Amish of the West” living in Montana, the Dakotas, etc. I wasn’t aware until reading this article that there were any Amish communities as far west as Montana.

    Do the Hutterites and Amish associate with each other in Montana and other states where they both reside?
    I would assume so unless there had been some sort of falling-out. They both speak their own dialects of German, and of course there is English if the Hutterisch and PA Deutch dialects are too different to be easily mutually intelligible.

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    Paul Van Tricht
    Comment on Amish Community in Tongue River Valley , MT almost destroyed by proposed Railroad. (November 16th, 2016 at 14:59)

    Amish Community in Tongue River Valley , MT almost destroyed by proposed Railroad.

    The Amish Community in the Otter Creek valley was almost destroyed
    by a proposed railroad line by the Tongue River Railroad.
    The proposed line would have run right through the middle of the community.
    The Coal Company whose coal would have been shipped on the line went bankrupt so the line is currently dead.

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    Comment on West Kootenai fire Aug/Sept 2017 (September 3rd, 2017 at 19:36)

    West Kootenai fire Aug/Sept 2017

    I was just in the West Kootenai/Rexford community last week while visiting my sister in NW Montana. It was so beautiful! Unfortunately, there was a large fire just west of the community, and it looks like last night it spread east and affected some homes. Hope all are safe and praying for rain ASAP!
    More details here:

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      Comment on Fire in Rexford, MT Amish area (September 4th, 2017 at 08:43)

      Fire in Rexford, MT Amish area

      Thanks for the note Andrea, I saw that news this morning. From what I read it was reported that the Amish are “OK”.


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    Comment on Montana Amish (September 4th, 2017 at 14:58)

    Thanks for the reply and update, Erik! Keeping my fingers crossed that the fire line holds at bay and the winds blow in a favorable direction! It was extremely dry there– I can see how a fire could easily get out of control, as it is in much of the NW right now. I’m sure most other Amish communities don’t have the threat of wildfire that they do in Montana. I’d never visited the Rexford community before but was inspired to do so after inspiration from your website! Which, I must say, is some of the most interesting, informative, and pleasant reading on the internet these days! Now, if there were just an Amish community nearby to me in Alaska for me to visit– I’d be set!


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      Comment on Montana Amish (September 4th, 2017 at 17:47)

      Wow Andrea, you made quite a journey if you came from Alaska…neat to hear you were able to visit. I’ve always thought it would be one of the most interesting communities to travel to. I hope you enjoyed the trip.

      Growing up in the east, wildfires were never on my radar, but must be a scary thing if you’re in the vicinity of one. Hopefully it gets under control soon.

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    Howard R Duvall
    Comment on Amish Builders (October 8th, 2017 at 06:12)

    Amish Builders

    I am considering building s cabin on my property in the Miles City area, I was wondering if there is any Amish in the Forsyth MT area that would consider building this cabin for me.


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    Comment on Looking for Information about the Rexford Montana Amish Community (October 12th, 2017 at 09:37)

    Looking for Information about the Rexford Montana Amish Community

    Hi, I’m writing a fictional book about the Rexford Montana Amish Community and I would love to get speak with someone who has been there and can tell me more about it. Thanks in advance for your help.

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